Thursday, November 03, 2005

A VERY Moderate Mexican-American Finds Himself Disappointed with the President’s Inaction on Illegal Immigration Reform

A VERY Moderate Mexican-American Finds Himself Disappointed with the President’s Inaction on Illegal Immigration Reform

I really enjoy reading the opinions of pundit Ruben Navarrette Jr.!  He is hardly a conservative.  Actually, he is liberal to moderate in most of his positions.  However, he is a very interesting and decent individual.

Navarette is interesting:  He is a California-born American of Mexican heritage.  He is no dummy:  He went to Harvard College.

Mr. Navarette is decent:  Unlike the despicable shills of AP, Reuters, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, who put out the most outrageously pro-terrorist, anti-American bilge without having the courage to publicize their email addresses so that we may give them a piece of our minds, Navarette, almost always includes his email address with his byline.

Moreover, I can say from personal experience that, if feasible, he will actually answer you if you do send him an email.

On the matter of the Iraq War, of course, he incenses me, as he is, naturally, very much against what is happening there.  

On the other hand, on the sticky, urgent, and very explosive subject of illegal immigration generally – and burgeoning illegal immigration from Mexico in particular – I (somewhat surprisingly) find myself in agreement with Navarette more often than not.

For starters, Navarette is no self-styled advocate or spokesman for illegal immigrants.  Cutting to the chase, Navarette is concerned about the problem and wants something done about it.

This week, he has opined in his column that he finds President Bush’s latest proposal on immigration reform underwhelming.  

Moreover, Navarette also scores Senator Frist and the Republicans generally for their role in the illegal immigration stalemate – an unwillingness to impose meaningful penalties on employers who hire illegals.

Navarette gives us some good food for thought.

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